The Oyo State House of Assembly has today passed the bill to upgrade Emmanuel Alayande College of Education to University into law.
The third reading was read today at the State House of Assembly by the Chairman House Committee on Education, Hon. O. A. Fowokanmi.
The bill seeks to upgrade Emmanuel Alayande College of Education to University had in October 5th scaled second reading after a thorough deliberation at the State Assembly.
The Chairman of the Committee on Education, Hon. Fowokanmi while reading the bill for the third time, made clarifications on some ambiguities in the bill on a clause by clause basis as amended by his committee.
The House unanimously agreed that the Chairman Committee of the whole House who also doubled as the Speaker of the House, Hon. Debo Ogundoyin considers the report presented by the Education Committee clause by clause.
The Majority Leader, Hon. S. A. Onaolapo thereafter moved for the final adoption of the third reading and seconded by the Minority Leader, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape.
The Minority Leader, Hon Alarape, while granting interview to ODUDUWA NEWS, said the agitation for the upgrade had been on for a long time now because there are so many existing Universities that can not boast of the facilities owned by Emmanuel Alayande College of Education.
He congratulated the 9th Assembly for the success recently achieved in realizing the dream of upgrading the College to a University. He maintained that the upgrade will boost the enrollment capacity of tertiary education in the State.
He stressed that the upgrade will further help to increase the internally generated revenue of the institution as more students pursuing higer degree programme will now be admitted.
Hon. Isiaka Arole in his words, said the recent acheivement of the House in upgrading the College of Education to University would spread development to Oyo town.